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  • Hello Microsoft Tech, I can't update my windows updates. And My hard drive is full. I have tried everything to remove stuff.
    Sunday, September 8, 2019 9:54 AM

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  • Here is my on-going list of things to do to reclaim disk space in Windows 7. Most of them are straightforward but if you feel apprehensive or unsure about running something, just ignore it. Here they are:

    1. It may sound strange to install a program when you’re trying to save disk space, but download WinDirStat, which shows where disk space is being used, including a nice graphical display. Just let the mouse pointer hover over the coloured areas to identify different file types and large ‘chunks’ of used space. Download it here Uninstall the program after you’ve finished with it.

    2. Reduce the amount of space used by system restore by going to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > System > System Protection (in the left pane) > System Protection Tab > Configure and change the disk space allocation.

    3. If you have a separate hard drive, more space can be released by moving the Page file to it via Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > System > Advanced system settings (in the left pane) > Advanced Tab > Settings alongside Performance > Advanced Tab > Change alongside Virtual memory, remove the tick from Automatically manage ...... and select your drive and disk space size.

    4. Delete any temporary files that may be left over from CD and DVD burning. Navigate to the hidden folder C:\Users\[Your User Name]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Burn\Temporary Burn Folder and delete all the files.

    5. Remove any programs that are no longer used, via Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Programs and Features. You may also want to turn some Windows features off (in the left pane).

    6. Disk cleanup removes unwanted files that accumulate over time. If you have installed SP1 (Service Pack 1) and are satisfied that it is behaving properly, a huge amount of disk space can be reclaimed, but be aware that SP1 can never be removed. Run it by going to Windows Orb (Start) > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools. Also, by going to the More Options Tab you have the option to remove all but the most recent restore point, which may include old backups. Be aware that by doing this you will lose all other restore points.

    7. Now open a Run window (Windows Logo key+R), type temp and press Enter. Delete everything that appears (there may be a few obstinate files that cannot be deleted, just ignore them). Repeat the command using %temp% in place of temp.

    8. If you don't use Hibernation you can save almost the equivalent in hard drive space as the amount of RAM that is installed by turning it off. In a Run window (Windows Logo key+R), type powercfg.exe -h off (note the two spaces) and press Enter. To turn it back on type powercfg.exe -h on and press Enter.

    9. Examine the contents of the Recycle Bin and delete any unwanted items. Also, reduce the space used by the Recycle Bin by right-clicking the Bin, clicking Properties > Custom Size and amend as necessary.

    10. Check if you have unwanted language packs installed. Click the Windows Orb (Start) > All Programs > Accessories and right-click Command Prompt, then ‘Run as Administrator’. Type LPKSETUP /U (the capitals for clarity only) and press Enter.

    11. Remove any other files that you may have overlooked in the past, e.g. old videos, also look in the Downloads folder for unwanted items.

    Sunday, September 8, 2019 11:37 AM
  • Hi,


    Have you seen a message that tells you Windows requires more space?


    If so, you could get more space with external storage.


    Or free up space on your device, consider moving some files to external storage if you haven't already.


    You may refer to the following link for details:


    Free up space for Windows 10 updates


    Free up drive space in Windows 10


    Hope above information can help you.

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    Monday, September 9, 2019 2:40 AM
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    Thursday, September 12, 2019 2:07 AM